Fund for Community Good (General) Grants – Kent County
We award grants to nonprofit organizations to support programs addressing education, engagement, the environment, health, neighborhoods and prosperity in our area.
Nonprofit organizations and public agencies can apply for funding from the Community Foundation using these application guidelines for our general grant fund (also called the Fund for Community Good).
Grantmaking Priority Areas
The Community Foundation recently went through a process to update its grantmaking priorities. Please take a moment to review our revised Grantmaking Framework (updated August 2013).
Application Process - Pre-application Questions
To help you prepare for submitting your pre-application, here are things you will be asked to submit.
Fund for Community Good Pre-Application
- In 300 words, briefly explain why your agency is requesting this grant, what outcomes you hope to achieve, and how you will spend the funds if the grant is made.
- In 300 words, how do you propose to address the issue? List the project goals and objectives.
- What will be the short-term outcome(s) the foundation would see within the life of the grant?
- What are the long-term strategies for funding at the end of the grant period?
- Project Budget-Revenue: Please list all sources of revenue and amounts. Specify in notes if funding sources are prospective or committed.
- Project Budget-Expenses: Please list all expenses and amounts.
If we determine that your pre-application is a good fit with our grantmaking priorities, you will be invited to submit a full proposal with more detailed information. The full proposal will be reviewed by our grantmaking staff and Community Action Committee, and if recommended for funding, it will go before our Board of Trustees.
Our Inclusion Policy
Grand Rapids Community Foundation values organizations within our community that are committed to promoting the broad diversity and inclusion of our community. Through our grantmaking, we strive to partner with organizations that also embrace these beliefs and demonstrate them through their policies, practices, actions and impact. We seek grantees and partners that incorporate diversity and inclusion into their mission, governance board, staff, volunteers, vendors and constituents served.
We do not tolerate discrimination in any form.
To receive a general grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the organization must affirm that throughout their organization:
- No person is excluded from organization services due to discriminatory reasons including age, disability, economic circumstance, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, marital status, national origin or veteran status.
- No one is excluded from consideration for employment or volunteer participation, regardless of age, disability, economic circumstance, race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, marital status, national origin or veteran status.
- The organization strives to intentionally increase inclusive practices and incorporate diversity throughout its mission, governance board, staff, volunteers, vendors and constituents.
Organizations that serve a specifically defined population in an effort to help populations overcome historic discrimination are not considered non-inclusive, or discriminatory. Organizations serving target populations per their mission, for example, girls, babies or older adults, would not be considered discriminatory. The Inclusion Statement applies to how an organization serves its specific target population as well as how it handles hiring and volunteer participation.
Ready to Get Started?
If you believe your project is a fit, we hope that you will consider submitting a pre-application here.
Grand Rapids Community Foundation also has a variety of special grant programs that may invite proposals at different times of the year. These grantmaking efforts are narrowly tailored to promote change around a particular issue or geographic area. These opportunities are released and publicized periodically through our website and through targeted communications. For additional information about these opportunities, please visit the following pages:
Access Camps - Applications available in November
Available to West Michigan camps for specific efforts to increase access to overnight camps for underserved Kent County children. Learn more here.
Community Funds - Application times vary by community fund
There are six different local funds in Cascade, Ionia, Lowell, Sparta, Southeast Ottawa and Wyoming providing grants to these specific geographic locations. Learn more here.
Good Classrooms Minigrants
Program discontinued in 2013. Learn more here.
Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund - Applications accepted quarterly
Designed to address the need for capacity building and technical assistance among nonprofits in Kent County. Learn more here.
Youth Funds - Applications available in January
For nonprofit organizations with programs that benefit young people in Kent, Ionia and Southeast Ottawa counties.Learn more here.
If you have any questions about the grant application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616.454.1751.